Register for ASE 2015 onsite

Pre-Registration for ASE 2015 has ended. Please register onsite at the Hynes Convention Center, Level 2 beginning Friday, June 12 at 12:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Conference Mirrors the Global Role of Cardiovascular Ultrasound during the American Society of Echocardiography’s 26th Annual Scientific Sessions

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Plan to Attend the ASE’s Annual Business Meeting

All members are invited to the ASE’s business meeting, awards presentation and Edler Lecture.  This important event will be held in the  Ballroom B from 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 14 at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA during the ASE’s 26th Annual Scientific Sessions.  During this meeting, the organization’s leadership will present the Society’s new Board of Directors, review ASE’s finances, honor the outgoing and incoming presidents, and provide recognition to the new FASE recipients and scholarship winners.   Members are encouraged to read the official minutes from the previous business meeting (June 2014). These have been posted online for your review.

CMS released provider information on Parts A and B Providers, Costs, Services, and Trends

This week, US CMS has published the third annual release of the Medicare hospital utilization and payment data (both inpatient and outpatient) and the second annual release of the physician and other supplier utilization and payment data. As they did last year, state and national media outlets are expected to publish names and details of top billers in forthcoming coverage of this year’s data.

CMS files can be searched by specialty or by state which allows you to compare yourselves to your peers. For more information please visit here.

As always, ASE will monitor press coverage of this data release in the coming weeks, and will continue to alert our members if any articles emerge that are particularly concerning for echocardiography.

Purchase the new Multimodality Imaging of Pericardial Disease poster for a special member price -$10

downloadAdd the latest poster, Multimodality Imaging of Pericardial Disease, to your collection. This poster is based on the ASE guidelinereleased in September 2013 and is available at a special member price of only $10 until June 19 and $15 for nonmembers. It is also available for purchase in both the flip chart poster size and as an insert. Many new products have recently been released, so take advantage of your member discount by visiting ASE MarketPlace and purchasing products today.

Comparative billing reports issued to U.S. cardiologists

Through its contractor, eGlobalTech, CMS has begun issuing national provider Comparative Billing Reports (CBRs) on Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE).  These reports are being sent to approximately 2,500 cardiologists and internists “who were identified as having different billing patterns when compared to their peers.” The reports contain data-driven tables and graphs with an explanation of findings that compare providers’ billing and payment patterns to those of their peers in their state and across the nation. You can view a sample report here.

The stated goal of these reports is to be educational— to inform the providers who receive them about correct Medicare billing practices.  Based on this information, ASE is currently monitoring the effect of these notices.  Based on our conversations with other medical organizations who have experienced similar CBR reports, it is our understanding that these reports are not related to any audit program.  ASE’s advocacy team is in the process of contacting eGlobalTech/Palmetto GBA regarding recent changes in echo utilization and to inquire into the methodology used to identify aberrant billing practices.

Those ASE members who receive a report may wish to find out more by reviewing the FAQs and other information posted by eGlobalTech at http://www.cbrinfo.net/cbr201505.html. For those who want more information, a provider webinar is scheduled for May 27 at 3 p.m. ET. Register online here.

American Society of Echocardiography and Ke Labs Announce Collaboration

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Echocardiography Experts Receive Special Distinction (April FASE designees)

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26th Annual Scientific Sessions Offer Opportunity to Interact with Global Experts in Cardiovascular Imaging Research and Clinical Care

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Book signing by the experts on Sunday, June 14

While attending ASE 2015, you can get ASE’s newest textbook, Comprehensive Echocardiography, signed by the world’s echo experts, including Roberto Lang, MD, FASE, who contributed to and wrote the latest edition. Join us during the first break on Sunday, June 14 to have editors sign your copy! Purchase your book today at www.ASEMarketPlace.com.

Comprehensive Echocardiography is a unique multimedia resource with text, case studies, and online components covering the latest uses of echocardiography including the most recent 2D and 3D advances. This 2nd edition with its new title, has over 200 chapters that provides material in succinct format. Included with this book is an online library of slides and videos of case presentations that correspond to crisp, full color images, allowing you to view dynamic echocardiography clips of various cardiac pathologies.

ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, the county where the ASE Headquarters is located is under a government order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These “Stay at Home” recommendations continue to be in effect and depend on the infection rates in the County/State. ASE will keep all but essential personnel telecommuting until a time when it is judged safe to return to work. We are not suspending or closing operations; our employees will remain working and providing excellent customer service to our members and the cardiovascular ultrasound community. However, ASE will slightly modify its official open hours to 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern TimeMonday-Friday. Should you need to get in touch with a staff person, call our main office at 919-861-5574 and a phone list by department will be available. A staff directory is also available here. All general questions can also be sent through ASE@ASEcho.org. Thank you and our best wishes for your continued safety.